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Feathers on chicken's feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by anet701, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. anet701

    anet701 New Egg

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    My hen has large feathers growing on her feet. It is painful for her to walk. I've had to separate her from the other hens. Does anyone know how to treat this? Do I need to remove the feathers? She is an Easter egger hen. I would appreciate any help or suggestion.
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Are they on the bottom of her feet or the top? Or maybe the top and curling under her feet?
     
  3. anet701

    anet701 New Egg

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    They are on the top of her feet. Some are not full feather, just the calamus.
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Does the base appear red or inflamed?
     
  5. anet701

    anet701 New Egg

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    No her feet look fine otherwise.
     
  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Have you examined her feet to make sure something else isn't causing the pain then? Normally foot feathers would not make them not want to walk unless they are inflamed/infected or growing to where they are walking on them.
     
  7. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi[​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    I'm sorry your hen is having trouble. Perhaps if you posted some photos of her, her legs and feet (the bottom of them too). We can help give better suggestions.
     
  8. anet701

    anet701 New Egg

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    Thank you! Great suggestion.
     
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  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Has she been motling? It looks like she has some new feathers coming in on her feet. Some may be broken, it's hard to tell. I'm really not sure if they should be pulled out or not - I don't have feathered feet fowl, so....some people do pluck out ones that have broken, but I would think you would need to be choosy as to which ones.

    The bottom of the one foot looks like it may have a scab(?) Or hardened area. You can soak her feet in tub of warm water with some epsom salts to see if this will help with any inflammation. Take a soft brush and gently clean the scab on the bottom of the foot. See if there is a wound there or if it is hardened skin/etc.

    If you are keeping her separate or caged, give her some poultry vitamins a couple of times a week and offer some extra protein like egg or tuna -this will hopefully help with feathering.

    @SunHwaKwon may have better suggestions.

    Let us know how she is doing.
     

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